Rondo Days celebrates the community that survives — and thrives — today in St. Paul. I asked several people what makes Rondo Days so unique, and they told me in the video (above.) See more of the celebration in the photos below.
In its heyday, Rondo was a vibrant community. According to Donna Miller, chairperson of Rondo Avenue Inc., the Rondo community stretched from Lexington to Western Avenue and from Marshall to University. Within its borders was the largest population of African American families and businesses in Saint Paul.
However, the development of Interstate 94 during the 1960s decimated the community. The freeway leveled hundreds of homes and businesses, divided the neighborhood in half and displaced countless people.
Antonio Rice, Caitlin Kelliher and Adan Dirie representing the Secretary of State’s office to help register people to vote.
Lexi Lee-Johnson, Persia Larkin and Yasmin Smaller didn’t let the morning rain discourage them from participating in the Rondo Days 5k Run/Walk.
A little girl proud to see her mom in the parade.
All are welcome, provided they adhere to Rondo’s rules.
A smaller crowd than in year’s past, probably due to the early rain.
My son Jaden and his friend Otto accumulated a bag of free swag.
Two of St. Paul’s finest riding two handsome horses.
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